Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Sveta Milusheva ─ Less Bite for your Buck: Using Mobile Phone Data to Target Disease Prevention

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

Sveta Milusheva is a PhD candidate in the economics department at Brown University focusing on development economics and applied microeconomics. Specifically, she studies the development effects of migration and the long term impacts of development interventions. She is also interested in issues of gender, adoption of new technology, entrepreneurship and microfinance.

Most recently, she has been working with cell phone data to measure internal movement and migration in Senegal in order to study the impact of this movement on the spread of malaria. This is a collaboration with the major cell phone provider in Senegal, Sonatel, and the Ministry of Health. The end goal is to measure population movement in real time using cell phone data in order to predict the number of additional malaria cases that can be expected at the district level in the weeks that follow, as well as to test policies such as the impact of different types of SMS messaging directed at travelers.

Development and Governance Seminar